The City of Spires Historical Museum at 111 Fifth Street began its life as the second church of Aurora Baptists. Built in 1848, the Gothic Revival sanctuary is the oldest standing structure built as a house of worship in Aurora. By 1874, the Baptists had relocated to a new church at 219 Main Street, and in 1875 a newly formed German Reformed congregation purchased the former Baptist church for $2,000. In 1911, the facade was altered to create one central front entrance with a steeple which replaced the original bell tower. As a Baptist house of worship, the facade had featured two doors, approximately situated where the two front windows are now located. The bell was a gift to the Baptists from the people of Aurora in 1852 and can still fill the neighborhood with its deep, resonating tone. In 1994 the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The sanctuary features a variety of stunning stained glass windows and an early 20th century pipe organ. Known locally as the Fifth Street Church, City of Spires Museum is supported by memberships of friends far and wide. Conducted by a volunteer board of directors, the museum foundation seeks to provide displays of public interest and offers areas of the former church for weddings, concerts, memorial services, meetings, plays, and tours.
Call (812) 926-0944 for rental info & fees
There are 3 areas available for rental: Sanctuary, Social Hall, and the Meeting Room
Built by the Aurora Baptists in 1848, the sanctuary was sold in 1875 after the Baptist congregation built on a new site. The German Reformed congregation purchased the brick structure. Features stunning stained glass windows, a working, early twentieth century pipe organ, a resonating tower bell, and the charm of a 19th century Ohio Valley church.
The larger hall offers room for about 80 guests and includes a complete kitchen. While not handicap accessible at this time, the board of directors hopes to address the matter in the near future. The area makes a fine setting for catered functions such as dinners and small receptions.
A small meeting room behind the sanctuary can accommodate approximately sixty people and features handicap accessibility and two restrooms.
Operated by a volunteer board of directors, the museum features displays of local interest and is the setting for a variety of local events throughout the year. The primary goal of the board is the maintenance and protection of the facility.
We encourage and ask for your support by joining the City of Spires Historical Museum and Foundation. Your membership will support the efforts to preserve and maintain the former Fifth Street Church.